I want to thank Mayor Gallo for appointing me to the Kingston Fire Commission. The fact that the Mayor appointed me despite the fact that I actually ran against him in the past election speaks to his character.
I took notice of Frank Dart saying that my appointment was a "slap in the face" and profess myself disappointed and confused. I was unaware that Mr. Dart possessed such a low opinion of me. I guess part of his reaction must be sour grapes because he was not reappointed.
I must also point out that Mr. Dart's contention that he was not reappointed because he supported Hayes Clement in the Democrat primary seems flat since I was appointed in his stead and I actually ran against Mayor Gallo. Certainly, if Shayne Gallo was being politically vindictive, he would not have appointed me. My so-called political offense was much greater than Mr. Dart's. He supported an opponent whereas I was an opponent.
Nevertheless, I thank the Mayor for the faith he has shown me and for his kind words in the paper. I will try to honor his choice by doing the best job I can.